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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wednesday, January 21,2009M


From D.C. to Ann
Arbor, University
students watch
historic ceremony
Daily Staff Reporter
With the world watching, Barack
Obama was sworn in yesterday as the
44th president of the United States on
the west steps of the Capitol Building.
Obama's inauguration, the 56th
in American history, drew millions
of supporters to Washington, D.C.,
and millions more to television sets
around the world. In his inaugural
speech, Obama reassured the coun-
$ try and the world that the problems
facing America would be addressed
methodically and with immediacy.
"Today I say to you that the chal-
lenges we face are real. They are seri-
ous and they are many. They will not
k be met easily or in a short span of
time. But know this, America - they
will be met," he said just after taking
theoath of office.
Obama then called on Americans to
assume a greater role in government
to help rebuild the country.
"Starting today, we must pick our-
selves up, dust ourselves off, and begin
again the work ofremakingAmerica,"
Obama said.
LSA senior Jason Emmendorfer
was in D.C. for the inauguration yes-
"It was such a big deal," he said.
"History was being made, which is
why we made this trip - to be a part
of history."
School of Music, Theatre, & Dance
senior Liam White, who also attended
the inauguration, said he was there
to celebrate the start of the Obama
administration and the end of the
Bush administration.
"We were delebratingthe change of
regime," he said. "We were so happy
that Bush was over."

(Top) Barack Obama, left, takes the oath of office, as his wife Michelle, holds the Lincoln Bible and daughters Sasha, right and Malia, watch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington yesterday. (Left) People gather in the Blau Auditorium in the Ross School of
Business to watch the inauguration yesterday. (Right) LSA-RC Sophomore Aditi Hardikar (left) and School of Music, Theatre, & Dance sophomore Patrick Fromuth (right) watch the inauguration in the Michigan Union Ballroom yesterday.

City Council passes new
graffiti ordinance
ByLARA ZADE graffiti and the associated costs
Daily StaffReporter will be passed on to the property
At last night's City Council The new ordinance will shift
meeting, members voted unani- the focus of current city graffiti
mously to approve a new anti- regulations, which target the per-
graffiti ordinance, which requires son who applies the graffiti, not
property owners to remove graf- the property owner, according
fiti from their property within to City Council member Christo-
days of the vandalism but affords pher Taylor, one of the sponsors
them a less strict timeframe. of the proposal.
The ordinance will take effect Some Ann Arbor property own-
in 90 days. ers wanted to amend the current
Property owners now have city graffiti regulations because
seven days to remove graffiti from they felt that other property own-
their property if the city notice ers didn't care enough to remove
wasgiven directly to them or nine graffiti from their property.
days if the notice was mailed. If According to Newcombe Clark,
property owners fail to remove owner of Bluestone Realty Advi-
the graffiti within the given tine- sors and president of Main Street
frame, the city will remove the See GRAFFITI, Page 7A

After long debate, MSA
passes Gaza resolution

Robinson chosen to
solve defense's woes

Daily StaffReporter
For the second week in a row,
issues surrounding the situation
in Gaza dominated a majority of
the Michigan Student Assembly's
weekly meeting in the Michigan
Amended versions of ttwo reso-
lutions discussed at last week's
meeting concerning the conflict
were brought up for a vote at last
night's meeting. The debate and
subsequent consideration of the
proposals attracted numerous
speakers from the community,
including several students and
a multitude of opinions on the

The first resolution brought
before the assembly, "Calling for
a Ceasefire in Gaza," authored
by Rackham Rep. Kate Stenvig,
called for a letter to be sent to
The Michigan Daily and The Ann
Arbor News demonstrating MSA's
support for a permanent ceasefire
in Gaza.
Stenvig adamantly defended
the resolution, though it eventu-
ally failed to pass.
"I think that we need to be
taking a stand and saying that
we support a ceasefire and the
withdrawal of Israeli troops from
Gaza, including allowing the pas-
sage of humanitarian aid to the
thousands and thousands that
See MSA, Page 7A

The Rich Rodriguez era offi-
cially has its second defensive
Greg Robinson, who was fired
from his head coaching position
at Syracuse on Nov. 17, 2008, two
games before the end of his fourth
season, will take over the Michi-
gan football team's defense next
Robinson replaces Scott Shafer,
who resigned after the Wolver-
ines' 3-9 campaign. Despite having
a defense full of veterans that was
expected to be the team's strong
point last year, Shafer's unit was

For analysis about the hire,
see Sports, Page 8A
largely a disap-
pointment dur-
ing Rodriguez's
first season in
Ann Arbor.
Before his
time at Syra-
cuse, Robinson ROBINSON
proved himself
an apt defen-
sively minded coach, with stints as
defensive coordinator at the Kan-
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Why the Daily wasn't at the inauguration

INDEX NEW S -...................
Vol. CXIX, No. 77 OPINION.................
2009 The Michigan Daily ARTS ...

. .2A CLASSIFIEDS.....................6A
...........4A SPORTS..................... 8A
...........5A THE STATEM ENT..................1B




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